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bavarian19's Avatar Msport Steering Wheel DIY
bavarian19
01-28-2006
Well, after taking a break Ive decided to just get this over with... First, my car: 325i Sport/Premium packages and non-iDrive. These instructions should be pretty much the same for all sport E90's, but I cant guarantee that it is. The only new part that I needed was the wheel itself. ...
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By ctv on 12-21-2010, 12:41 PM
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i followed the steps according to the thread. my friend said i didn't disconnect the battery which i did. do you think it's because i didn't let it sit for a few minutes after disconnecting the battery? letting all the power run out before i start? but i did turn on the dome light to see if any power was still running and it didn't turn on. so i dunno...
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By ctv on 12-23-2010, 12:24 PM
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Just found out the reason why I had errors. The harness was bad.
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By jaybird124 on 12-29-2010, 04:20 PM
The looks disturbingly simple. I would only be concerned about not getting the airbag right
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By micah on 12-30-2010, 10:52 PM
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It's one of those things where the pieces only fit together one way. The one risky part is breaking the clips on the connectors for the airback module. However, they're each different -- you can't really hook them up the wrong way.
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By Casca on 01-01-2011, 01:57 PM
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It's not an MSport steering wheel, but maybe an option for us people with the standard steering wheel and airbag. I didn't really get into it, but for going to an MSport wheel from a non-sport, besides the new wheel cost, I'd be looking at $400(ebay...used if lucky) to $600(new) for the round airbag and guessing @$100++ for the buttons and cover. Probably over $1000 easy.

Looked around for a place to reshape my standard wheel, but no luck. Haven't gone to local uphostery shops, but besides probably being expensive, no idea what they will make. I did find this wheel though



http://www.robson-design.com/shopping/bmw.htm

In Singapor and is $1175 (that might include shipping, not sure though) without exchange or $775 with exchange. Pretty sure the carbon fiber MFB cover is not included. Would perfer a place in the US that does this or works through ebay with good repuation....or someone else to try em first
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By BTM on 01-08-2011, 03:55 PM
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Currently reading through the thread cuz I know its in here but if anyone knows the torque spec for the center bolt please pm it to me

Found.. 46ftlbs
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By Magic Man on 01-19-2011, 02:15 PM
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Thumbs up BMWSteeringWheels.com is 'DA BOMB!

Love, love, LOVE www.BMWSteeringWheels.com to purchase the wheels.

Check out my other post/review: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...67&postcount=6
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By DESI4life10 on 01-23-2011, 12:24 PM
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What a great DIY.

Decided to do the conversion as well from non-sport steering wheel to sport steering wheel to M-tech steering wheel with paddle shift retrofit.

I got a really good deal on the airbag which included the sport steering wheel etc, which is why I changed the setup 2 times.

Here is the list of items I used for this conversion:
- Sport Airbag
- M-Tech Steering Wheel with Paddle Cutout
- M-Tech Trim
- Multifunction Buttons that has input for paddles
- SMG Paddles
- BMS (Burger Motorsport) Paddle Shift Retrofit Harness

The hardest part for me was taking off the sports airbag. Got one side opened quickly but had a hard time getting the other side out. Took about 20 mins to open the other side. Once the airbag was off, the install was a breeze, including installing the BMS retrofit harness. The whole install took about 2 hours (including the install of the harness).

The Results:

Man what a difference. The feel of the M-tech wheel is just amazing and the extra grip makes it feel like you can drive the car harder. I have had my car for 2.5 years now and everytime I took it out for a drive, I was always happy. That hasn't changed and now I am even more excited about driving my car :-)

Here are some progress pictures of my conversion. This DIY really made the process go smoothly.
Pics taken at night on BB. Drove on the sport steering wheel setup for about 2 months.

Non-Sport Steering Wheel Setup


Sport Steering Wheel Setup


M-Tech Steering Wheel with Paddle Retrofit Setup




Update:

Took some more pictures with a better camera.


Last edited by DESI4life10; 01-23-2011 at 01:08 PM.
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By BLACKIMPACT on 04-08-2011, 05:30 PM
Just swapped mine to an M-Sport and used this DIY. Great write-up! Airbag didn't explode in my face! Thanks!
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By marchurley on 04-09-2011, 07:33 AM
Great tutorial. Just swapped out my zsp wheel for a new clean one. transferred the paddles and the switches no problem. the hardest part was getting the airbag off as the flat head driver I used was quite small so making a connection with the spring clip was little difficult.
Thanks a lot for the detailed steps!
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By marchurley on 04-09-2011, 07:34 AM
Great tutorial. Just swapped out my zsp wheel for a new clean one. transferred the paddles and the switches no problem. the hardest part was getting the airbag off as the flat head driver I used was quite small so making a connection with the spring clip was little difficult.
Thanks a lot for the detailed steps!
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By cricri on 04-16-2011, 03:59 PM
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I just swapped out my zsp steering wheel for the bmw performance one thanks for the awesome guide.

I broke one of the airbag clips but the new wheel came with clips so it wasn't a big deal. Each clip's top lifts up by pushing each side with a screw driver at which point the clips can be easily pulled up.
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By guliermu on 04-25-2011, 09:40 AM
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hello i have a bmw e90 2006 and m steering wheel didin't have the multifunctions keys i buy another steering wheel with the multifunction keys and whene i make the clip int the steering column the keys didin't work can pls tell me what can i make to do pls 10xx
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By Bimmerforlife on 04-26-2011, 04:21 PM
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So if I already have the sport pkg steering wheel on a 2011 and I want the m sport steering wheel do I also need to order the black faceplate and airbag or can I use my existing faceplate and airbag? I've seen some pics w/ the m sport wheel and the silver trim plate that I already have so I can use that?
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By bluefly on 04-29-2011, 10:55 AM
If you have the sport package wheel you have the same airbag as the m-sport or m3 steering wheels, so you can use your existing airbag when upgrading your steering wheel to either of those. As for the trim plate, you can also use your sport package plate (one with satin chrome garnish) but fit is 99.9% perfect... Only if you run your finger along side of trim would you feel a slight gap in size, so not visual difference. Or you can o course order the m-sport or m3 covers.
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By bluefly on 04-29-2011, 10:58 AM
Re: stock trim with m-sport wheel, check with member Rampage9 - he is running this setup (with m3 wheel) and it looks good and he is happy with the fit.
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By soldado331 on 05-01-2011, 10:21 AM
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By Bimmerforlife on 05-21-2011, 12:04 PM
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M-Sport Steering Wheel

I finally had my M-Sport steering wheel installed today on my 2011. Looks like I am the first one on this thread to show that yes it fits perfectly with the new paddle shifter for 2011. The M-Sport wheel is amazing, the leather is softer and looks and feels better than the regular sport wheel and it's a bit thicker too.

Excellent thread. The M-Sport wheel and the euro split armrest are 2 of my favorite mods.


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By giando11 on 05-23-2011, 05:45 AM
Hello guys...I jsut bought an 2010 M-sport wheel with paddles and MF buttons and the MF plug with the 6 spaces is all full...the connector behind the coil spring cartridge has pin 2 and 4 with wire...i tape up the unused pins of the yellow wires and secure them...and then i connected 2 wire from there to the blu connector in the center console....but the paddles doesn't work...why??
The mf buttons works well..
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By JOE YOUNG on 06-15-2011, 03:06 PM
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VERY USEL GUIDE..HERE'S THE RESULT
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By kevina2 on 06-16-2011, 09:03 AM
Hi all,

I skimmed this thread but found no definitive answer. Is the perforated performance steering wheel THICKER than the standard ZSP steering wheel?

Thanks,

Kev
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By mykie on 06-25-2011, 10:59 AM
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How to remove the clip from the airbag.

The only thing that was a little bit hard to figure out was how to remove the 2 plugs from the airbag. But when I figured it out it was really simple.

Just snap the clip up with a screwdriver from each side of the plug. After that you can just lift up the plug from the airbag.

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